Located on the eastern coast of Florida about 23 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination featuring several cultural, recreational and historical destinations for visitors to explore. The city averages over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, offering visitors plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors.
Fort Lauderdale beaches are generally not as busy as their counterparts in Miami and offer miles of crystal clear water and sugary sand. The beaches are easily accessible off Florida State Route A1A. Concession stations along the beaches offer food, drink and equipment rentals to visitors. A recently renovated promenade just beyond the shoreline features shopping and dining establishments.
Butterfly World is a 10-acre butterfly farm and research facility located at 3600 W. Sample Road in Coconut Creek, Fla. The park features at least 10,000 butterflies from more than 150 different species and is the largest free-flight hummingbird aviary in the United States. Other attractions on the farm include a botanical garden and insect museum.
Las Olas Boulevard
Spanning the Fort Lauderdale Central Business District to the beach, Las Olas Boulevard features several blocks of South Florida architecture, shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Patrons arriving by boat can pull up to their favorite restaurants for unique South Florida dining experiences. A water taxi is available for travelers who wish to visit the area businesses along the riverfront.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, features year-round music and theater productions. Local residents and tourists can visit the facility to take a reprieve from the South Florida sun to see their favorite Broadway touring shows take stage. The facility is also home to the Florida Grand Opera, one of the nation’s most elite opera companies in existence since 1941.
Sawgrass Recreation Park
Sawgrass Recreation Park consists of 400 acres of recreation area on the edge of the Florida Everglades at 1006 Highway 27 in Weston. Airboat tours of the park and its wildlife are offered year round with airboats cruising at speeds of up to 40 mph through the marshy swamps. The park also features several wildlife shows where visitors can hold an alligator or get up close and personal with a Florida panther. Picnic areas, camping and RV parking are available seven days a week.